The VP of Business Development for ZenFi Networks, an innovative communications infrastructure company focused on enabling fiber optic network, network edge colocation and wireless siting solutions in the NY-NJ metro region, attended International Telecoms Week 2021 (ITW 2021), held in National Harbor, Maryland from August 29 to September 1. Walter Cannon, along with fellow peers from the telecommunications industry, participated in a panel titled “The Growing Opportunities in IoT & Digital Markets.” Cannon was joined by Tess VanThielen, Vice President of Advanced Services from Rogers Communications, Gerald Gerami, Vice President of Wholesale Solutions for AT&T, and Justin Melnikoff, President and COO of MOX Networks. Cannon and the group engaged in a discussion covering everything from current trends, the role of artificial intelligence, to how to best leverage edge computing.

Disruptive digital trends continue to drive transformational changes across many different industries — driven by frequent infusions of new technology, infrastructure, strategies, and investment. In this session, the participants dove into some of the key growth areas including industrial IoT and e-gaming. As the discussion progressed, they also offered their own projections for the future of these evolving spaces, as well as touching on possible challenges and opportunities.

While on the topic of what the future of IoT growth could look like, Cannon stated the following: “There’s so much that hasn’t even been invented yet. Think about how technology has evolved from where we were with 1G, and now where we’re going with 5G. Think about all the applications that were built to drive it. We’ve merely cracked the surface of what can happen with 5G, and the promises that it holds. I’m really interested in seeing that — especially around the areas of network slicing, as their ability to merge both 5G and Wi-Fi at the core begins. That’s going to open up a lot more opportunities for devices, such as any type of Ethernet device like IoT. It’s going to be interesting to see the applications to come. I don’t think we know them yet.”

As the New York and New Jersey region’s most experienced communications infrastructure builders, ZenFi Networks has an unparalleled reputation for efficiently architecting and delivering solutions that drive innovation across this industry. With its purpose-built C-RAN enabling infrastructure, ZenFi Networks is at the forefront of architecture innovation and a critical part of the mobile and telecommunications ecosystems in one of most relevant markets in the world. 

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